MOUNT VERNON — Citing how some cases “just fall apart,” Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville dismissed a felony charge against a Mount Vernon man who pleaded to misdemeanors Wednesday.
Carl E. Papalevich, 36, pleaded guilty in Knox County Common Pleas Court to assault and aggravated trespassing, both first degree misdemeanors. A charge of abduction, a third-degree felony, was dismissed.
The case proceeded immediately to sentencing following Papalevich’s guilty plea. Judge Richard Wetzel sentenced Papalevich to one year of monitored time. If Papalevich commits another crime in that time period, he could face additional punishment.
The charges stem from Sept. 2, 2017, when Papalevich tied up a neighbor who was sleeping on a porch. When the neighbor woke up, Papalevich struck him several times. McConville said the neighbor was able to get free on his own.
The abduction charge was dismissed at least in part due to the inability to locate witnesses and the victim, the prosecuting attorney told the News. The witnesses and the victim all lived in two houses on Fairmont Avenue, Mount Vernon, and they moved out due to a bed bug infestation, McConville said.
Court records show a subpoena was successfully served on the victim Feb. 23. At least one subpoena has come back that was not able to be served.